Blog Commenting – Do You Make These Mistakes?

by Remi Badozi on March 16, 2012

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Blog Commenting - Why is it so quite?

I don’t know about you, but personally one of my business blogging objectives is to get more comments to my posts. I want my audience to be more vocal. One of the things that I have learnt in my blogging journey is that getting blog comments is not something that happens overnight. I have heard some marketers say that blog commenting is not that beneficial to your blog. Well, I will address that in another post – very soon.

As a matter of fact, when it comes to business blogging, blog commenting requires a great deal of effort and commitment on your part as a blogger in order to build a target audience that cares about you enough to speak up.

In this post, I am going to share with you 7 traits that are common to many blogs. I mean blogs that are without a vocal audience; the kind of blogs that I will never leave a comment.

So, here are the 7 reasons I have not commented on your post:

  1. You have a blog? – Unless I know you have a blog, I can’t possibly post a comment? May be when I discover your blog. Are you sure you are promoting your blog?
  2. Where is your comment box? – Your blog is so packed with so much stuff; I had trouble finding your comment box. There were just too many banners, opt in boxes and so many social networking share buttons. all I saw was a very cluttered blog with flashes all over the place. I just didn’t know where to look, so I left your blog.
  3. Honestly I am human but not a gymnast – You have got so many hoops, checkboxes, captchas and layers upon layers of logins on your blog just for me to prove I am human? Common! You might as well employ a virtual security guard to watch over your blog! Having gone through the first huddle, do you really think I will hang around to jump the next huddle just to prove I’m human? Don’t think so. Do you real get that much aliens hitting your blog comments?
  4. Is this a blog post or an eBook? – I visited your blog and then scrolled down your post to figure out how long it’ll take me to read. I had to give up because your post was long! It was at least 4 screen lengths of nothing but text! Right now, I have tons of stuff to do.
  5. Do you really care? – I really don’t think you care if I comment or not. There are a number of fantastic comments on your blog but you have not bothered to reply to them. People are asking you questions because they perceive you to be an expert; even spammers are holding their own meetings on your blog! It seems to me that you don’t read your blog comments. So, why should I bother sharing exceptional thoughts when you don’t even care?Your blog might as well be a battle field as your commenters are really firing at each other and I really I’m not that kind of person; I mean, I couldn’t stand the heat. I just had to leave!
  6. Did you want me to comment? – If I knew you wanted me to comment, I would have done so. You really should have asked me. May be saying something like “what do you think?”, “Please feel free to share your opinion.”
  7. “Great post!” – Yes! I know it’s a great post. I wrote it! Tell me what exactly makes my post great. I’m only human, if you boost my ego just a little bit, I think I might just find my way to your blog and return the favour. It somehow sounds to me like you haven’t even taken the time to read my post. Remember the saying “scratch my back and I will scratch you”?

Take Aways:

  • Be open and easy – If you really want to build your blog comments, you have to be open and make blog commenting easy. In fact, to truly be open, try setting up a blog with: no login; make your comment box easy to locate; no captchas – these things can be very annoying – they make individuals disclose text letters to confirm they’re human being;
  • Listen and reward – When someone makes a comment, they want to be a part of a conversation. That’s one of the main reasons why it’s so important that when someone comments, you should reply as quickly as possible.
  • Give commenters credit – It could be a modest thing, like posting their website address, or perhaps a significant thing, like picking out an exceptional comment and featuring it inside a follow-up post.
  • Reward your commenters by giving some love – use comment luv plug-in
  • Be prepared to act – When someone leaves blog comments using foul language or generally saying things that are not acceptable, be prepared to act. It’s your blog, therefore feel free to hit the delete button and email them about your objections.

Now, it’s your turn, what stops you from leaving a comment when you visit a blog? Is blog commenting really as important as people make out? Go on and share your thoughts on this.

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Yvonne March 16, 2012 at 12:47 am

Hi Remi, Very craftily and entertaining article. I especially liked the point about captchas. Hate them. I usually have to do it more than once before I get it right.

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Remi Badozi March 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

Hi Yvonne

I hate those captchas too! Even with my human eyes I still get them wrong most of the time! Thank you much for stopping by.

Wishing you all the best.

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Lawrence Bergfeld March 16, 2012 at 3:48 am

You definitely have to give comments based on what you learned from other peoples blogposts and your personal experience in the situation. That way people will be much more likely to come to your post and comment on it & share it as well with their friends.

Lawrence Bergfeld
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Remi Badozi March 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

Lawrence

Yes you are right….but do you leave comments on all blogs that you visit. If you don’t, why?

Thanks for stopping by.

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Ileane March 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hi Remi, I’m glad to see you recommended CommentLuv in this post. It’s my all time favorite plugin and I’m a huge supporter of Andy Bailey and the community he has built around comment love. In my mind blog comments are what really separates a blog from a website. Keep up the great work Remi, and I’ll chat again soon.
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Remi Badozi March 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Ileane

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Yes, Andy Bailey has definitely built a wonderful community and CommentLuv is so incredible and powerful, a must have for every blog!

Regards
Remi

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Stephen Peters @ Promting your blog March 19, 2012 at 2:14 am

Hi Remi,
I am another fan of CommentLuv! It sure helps me get more comments and a chance to engage with my readers. That can help find more things to blog about.

I also like it when someone has chosen to comment that they have a picture of themselves next to their comment. It makes it much more personal.
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Remi Badozi March 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Stephen

I can not recommend CommentLuv enough! It’s one of the things I look out for whenever I visit a blog, I just see no reason why any blogger will not us it – well, unless they’ve never heard of it. Leaving your Gravatar everywhere you leave a comment is a very effective way of braning yourself.

Thanks Stephen for stopping by and sharing your thought on blog commenting.

Wishing you all the very best.
Remi

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Elizabeth March 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

Hey Remi,
This is really very good post, and I like particularly the point which you raised on the length of the article. Generally it is recommended that an article should be max. 300 -500 word count, anything above that will most likely not be read by anybody.
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Michael A. Buccilli March 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

Good article Remi; I have learned a number of things about blogging over the past couple of years and these tips that you have shared are another. It does take time to build relationships and making sure not to over word your posts is a good guide Elizabeth. Thank you Remi for sharing this.

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Remi Badozi March 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Michael

I am glad you have learnt from my post on blog commenting . One thing i know is that if you have so much to say about a particular subject there is nothing stopping you from splitting the content into 2 or 3 or even 4 parts and having a link to each one. Imagine: multiple posts from one subject!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you every success in your business ventures.

Remi

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Kevin April 1, 2012 at 12:46 am

Great Post! Glad I found your blog! Will be back for more! Thanks

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Remi Badozi April 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hi Kevin

Glad to have you here.

All the best
Remi

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Kevin April 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Thank you for the awesome article! Will be back for more..

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andreibuspro July 14, 2012 at 4:38 am

I don’t usually make a comment to every site that I’ve visited,not because I don’t want to but the Captchas takes much time and sometimes if you have other things in mind, you might just as well bookmarked the site and get back.

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